Charity

Dear Mary: How can I politely turn down friends’ sponsorship requests?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Q. I want my guests to feel welcome when they stay with us and certainly don’t want to nag them.…

How many 999 calls are genuine emergencies?

29 June 2019 9:00 am

To debate or not to debate Is Boris Johnson wise to shun TV debates? — Prior to the 2015 Labour…

Rory’s classic mistakes

29 June 2019 9:00 am

If Rory Stewart had taken full advantage of his education at Eton and read classics at Oxford rather than PPE,…

Carmakers holding back investment in Britain is not just about Brexit

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Technical issues Sir: Martin Vander Weyer’s supposition that car manufacturers are holding back investment due to Brexit seems to be…

Bank AGMs are an opportunity to shout about branch closures

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The season of high-street banks’ annual general meetings is with us and I urge you to turn up and make…

Dear Mary: My new boyfriend is too short. Can I make him wear shoe lifts?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Q. An acquaintance, whom I admire but don’t know well, sent me a ‘begging’ letter to donate to a charity…

Let’s face it: the Presidents Club was on to something

3 February 2018 9:00 am

There exist in the annals of salesmanship certain ideas that are both highly immoral and wickedly clever. Before P. T.…

Evgeny Lebedev: Organising my theatre awards makes Brexit look easy

19 November 2016 9:00 am

The new government seems to be struggling with the logistical intricacies of removing Britain from the European Union. I can…

What books mean to rough sleepers – and the library that helps them

15 October 2016 9:00 am

An afternoon with a mobile library for rough sleepers

A charity that stands out in an age of philanthropic overkill

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Rosa Monckton is married to my old editor Dominic Lawson and they have two girls. Rosa was a close friend…

We don’t need research to change banking culture. We need jail sentences

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Was the Financial Conduct Authority leaned on by the Chancellor to scrap its ‘review of banking culture’? Or did it…

How to judge a charity: the five questions no one asked Kids Company

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Five questions that no one dared to ask Kids Company

2016 will be a vintage year for tech billionaires and jihadis

2 January 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be one hell of a year, hell being the operative word. It will be the year…

Spectator Christmas letters: from Daesh to zakuski

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Just call them Daesh Sir: I was interested to read Sam Leith’s article in which he appears to argue that…

Millions of us honestly don’t know what our duty is to migrants – and Christianity doesn’t help

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Proximity shouldn’t make a difference — should it? We were on a beach on the European side of the Mediterranean,…

Spectator letters: The decline of charity, and a cross-dressing escape

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Exploiting our charity Sir: Melissa Kite (‘Asking too much’, 1 August) is spot on about charity fundraising. This has changed charitable…

A better way to be charitable: just give money

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Seven years ago I wrote here about a site called Kiva.org. I had met the co-founder of this charity when…

Charles Moore’s notes: Grexit isn’t like Brexit (and that’s why it won’t be allowed to happen)

27 June 2015 9:00 am

People write about ‘Grexit’ and ‘Brexit’ as if they were the same, but they need not be. Grexit is about…

Peter Oborne’s diary: My Pakistan cricket tour, and what the ‘no’ campaign needs

6 June 2015 9:00 am

For the first time since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team six years ago, a Test match side…

How Lampedusa copes when the migrant ships come in

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Encounters with those who have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean

Do I really care about Ebola? Do you? Does Oxfam?

31 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s strange how quickly we all forgot about Ebola. Speak for yourself, you might say — and I will. Until…

The Stonewall dinner left me with one question: why are volunteers so horrible to one another?

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I watched the video with some trepidation. Stonewall (the campaigning gay and lesbian equality organisation) had just sent me the…

Is the Social Economy boom just too good to be true?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

The Speculator

The fightback against wackiness starts here

1 November 2014 9:00 am

Forced, studenty wackiness has taken over our culture. It’s time to take a stand

Why the real winner from George Osborne’s ‘Google tax’ could be Nigel Farage

4 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne’s promise to crack down on multinational companies’ avoidance of UK taxes by the use of impenetrable devices such…